The Rockies pitching staff has been decimated with injuries that have sidelined starters German Marquez, Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland. Adding to the problem, ace reliever Scott Oberg has been lost for the rest of the season leaving a bullpen in which the veterans – Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee – have been disturbingly inconsistent.
As a result, the Rockies went 1 and 6 at home last week, swept in a short 2 game series with the Boston Red Sox then dropping all 4 games to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. Their record now is 59 wins and 79 losses with 24 games left to play. The one bright spot of the week was their 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves highlighted by 5 shutout innings from starter Tim Melville and a 2 run walk-off home run by Ryan McMahon.
The team may be slumping but Rockies fans continue to fill the stands at Coors Field to watch their favorite players shine. Nolan Arenado is now batting .311 with 35 home runs, 105 RBI and an OPS of .943. Trevor Story is on the verge of posting a .300 batting average for the season with 29 home runs, 75 RBI, 19 stolen bases and an OPS of .914. Charlie Blackmon’s batting average is .317 with 27 home runs, 74 RBI and an OPS of .942. It’s also been a big year for 25-year old second baseman Ryan McMahon who has proved to be a slick fielder while showcasing his power at the plate with 19 home runs and 73 RBI. Another valuable addition has been rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard who in 17 at bats since his recent debut is batting .294 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and an OPS of 1.098.
There’s no quick fix for the Rockies pitching situation. They’ll have to move forward with the arms available and hope the German Marquez and Kyle Freeland will be able to return soon.
This week the Rockies travel to Los Angeles for a 3-game series with the Dodgers followed by a weekend series with the San Diego Padres and Petco Park.
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